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Animal Collective’s Deakin Is Finishing Up His Debut Solo Album

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Animal Collective’s Deakin (aka Josh Dibb) has been working on his solo debut since 2010, and six years later, that album is finally closing in on the finish line.

As Stereogum reports, Pete Kember (better known by his stage name Sonic Boom), who has served as producer for Dibb’s bandmate Panda Bear, confirms Deakin’s album isn’t completed yet but could be as soon as this year (via Collected Animals):

I dont think Deakins lp is ready yet …..
He has a really sick set of songs though ……some stunning stuff ….
Reminded me of Nirvana , soft cell , 13th floor elevators & skip spence ( one if Noah’s faves)

All recording is done & i think he has a bit of mixing to do , but i know he has it all on
the boil & ready to finally give out …..a book too i believe ….
Looks like a full year …

In 2009, Dibb launched a Kickstarter to raise money to perform at a music festival in Mali and record an album. However, donors didn’t receive any of the promised rewards for contributing to the campaign. Dibb later apologized to donors in an interview with Pitchfork:

I am writing to you once again to thank you for the tremendous support that you all gave back in December of 2009. I am writing you now to deeply apologize for the amount of time it has taken to come back to you with the rewards of your support. I have heard from a number of you expressing deep disappointment in the way that I have handled this project…

…The crux of what has held this up is to record the songs that I was working on around that time in a way that I really felt good about. I am sure it seems inexplicable to some of you that that has taken nearly three years. On a personal level I have been coming to terms with my own creative process and some of that has been to accept that things take a long time to work through me.

Dibb is the only Animal Collective member who won’t appear on the band’s upcoming album Painting With. That’s due out Feb. 19 via Domino. The experimental rockers have already shared “FloriDada.”

Next: Animal Collective Announce First U.S. Tour Dates Since 2013

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